Six girls, three countries and a whole lot of future World Tour talent – we’re taking it back to 2017. Where a group of our, then, next generation touched down on the North Shore of Oahu for the first time for a week of waves hunting in #MyBikini.
- Leilani McGonagle (18 years old, CR)
- Kobie Enright (18 years old, AUS)
- Leah Thompson (16 years old, USA)
- Alyssa Spencer (14 years old, USA)
- Kirra-Belle Olsson (16 years old AUS)
- Brisa Hennessy (18 years old HI)
Home-base was the Rip Curl house, overlooking Off The Wall, surrounded by swaying palms... And for this week, completely taken over by bikinis on every railing, chair and cornerstone of the house.
For seven days the Rip Curl Women chased waves (successfully), and chickens (unsuccessfully), from dawn until dusk. Whether they were 14 years old and just starting the Junior Series grind, or 18 years old and on the edge of qualifying for the World Tour… the girls brought the heat to the North Shore. From barrel riding to boogie boarding intertwined with epic wipe-outs... we knew we could expect great things from this group of powerful, confident women. And well, three years on… we weren’t wrong.
From Lani’s to Turtle Bay, heads turned, and whispers spread – nothing stopped these fearless girls from paddling straight out into the chaotic Pacific Ocean barrelling into the northern shoreline of Oahu.
We said it back then, and we’ll say it again now… these women are going places. Check back tomorrow as we look back on earlier this year, when almost the same group of girls headed back to the North Shore, three years on.